Welcome to Corpus Christi, TX!
Corpus Christi, the land of Tejano music, beaches, wildlife and so much more await you. Texas is huge - whether you're looking for the bustling city of Dallas, the art of Austin, the wine of Fredericksburg, the history of San Antonio the food of Houston, there's something for everyone. But often forgotten about is the gulf coast tucked into the Southeast corner of the state. Nestled away here you will find a string of beaches, begging for you to frolic away your days. Get ready to spend a few days splashing, singing, eating, & exploring!
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Here's Whym's top ten things to know about Corpus Christi, TX
Welcome to the capital of the Gulf Coast, where history, science, nature, culture and great food are served up with some South Texas hospitality! Boasting 192 square miles of shoreline, the beautiful beaches and warm breezes beckon you to come relax. But don’t be fooled, those winds are also what makes this city one of the best in North America for kiteboarding, windsurfing, kite flying and sailing. It has even hosted the Windsurfing world Championships! What will you choose to do?
Finding Your Way
Getting around town is pretty simple. Once you’re in the main area, you’ll find it pretty walkable. There’s The B, the public city bus if you’re after public transportation but we prefer The Hop or the Seawall Surries! Uber & Lyft are easy to use to get around town in. And for those with a car in town, getting to the beach couldn’t be easier. In fact, you can drive up and park right on the beach itself! You’ll need to buy a permit, but it’s $12 for the year and can be bought at many different locations all across the Coastal Bend!
Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) is 6 miles from the city. It is served by United, American, Southwest, Lufthansa, Alaska and Spirit Airlines. Once you arrive, American Cab Company and Express Cab operate from the arrivals terminal and Uber and Lyft are readily available to drive into the city. Some hotels offer shuttles directly to their door too. However, it’s very common to fly into San Antonio or Houston and drive to Corpus!
Legend says that in 1519, on the Feast Day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda discovered a lush semi-tropical bay on the southern coast of Texas and named it the “Body of Christ.” It was a frontier trading post in the 1830’s founded by Colonel Henry Kinney and called Kinney’s Ranch. In 1845, U.S. troops set up camp there to prepare for the war with Mexico and secure it as our southern border. Corpus Christi is a town proud of its history from all sides and that’s evident as you explore. From the music that pours out to the museums to the feat of Corpus Christi, there’s always something to see and explore.
Why Am I Here?
The beaches are perfect for all the sun worshippers out there but if you want to be active, this town has so much to offer - from parasailing to golfing to fishing to windsurfing to biking and hiking and birdwatching - you can stay busy for days! The harbor front Texas State Aquarium is one of the best and there are two water parks not far away, the Schlitterbahn and Hurricane Alley which will delight kids of all ages.
Summer sees temperatures topping 90 degrees (with high humidity) which can seem oppressive when you’re not near the water. April, May, and October are more comfortable with temps in the 80s and lower humidity. It is partly cloudy year round and the short winters bring averages of 50-70°. It rarely dips below 37° or gets above 97° degrees. From May-October there is a 22% chance of rain on any given day. Winters are drier.
Texas’ Gulf Coast is one of the best places in America to dine on shrimp, fresh fish and oysters. But if you’d prefer a steak, well you are in Texas, they can wrangle you up the best cuts of meat in the country and it will all be cooked to perfection! If you like beer and spirits, do the Corpus Christi Beer Trail with seven stops where you can tour and/or taste local brands.
Typical take home treasures are beach cover ups, seashells, t-shirts and ornaments, but if you’re up for it, there are many great tattoo shops in town!
Casual beach attire is always the norm here. Throw an umbrella in your bag in case of rain or just for some shade. Don’t forget a cool hat and your sunscreen!
This isn’t your usual beach destination. It’s also one of Texas’ great musical cities. On Fridays and Saturdays enjoy different genres of music at live concerts on the beach and in October, they host a huge Jazz Festival. Visit the memorial to Selena, the “Queen of Texan Music” who was born and rose to stardom there at the downtown seawall. The movie, Pearl Harbor, was filmed here on the USS Lexington, which is now a naval aviation museum.